Two historical professional leagues that have a huge place in sports history is the ABA – American Basketball Association and USFL – United State Football League. These two leagues have left a mark in both professional basketball and football. While one league ABA was able to accomplish their goal of merging with stronger NBA and the other USFL was not able to merge with the NFL only to receive a $1 payment from their lawsuit with the NFL. Sports Logo History and Sports Team History has embraced both leagues by showcasing both the team history and logo history.
The USFL played for three seasons, 1983 through 1985. The league played a spring/summer in each of its active seasons, however in the 1986 season they were scheduled to be played in the autumn/winter, in direct competition against the long-established NFL, this was done at the urging of New Jersey Generals majority owner Donald Trump and a handful of other owners as a way to force a merger between the leagues. As part of this strategy, the USFL filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League in 1986, and a jury ruled that the NFL had violated anti-monopoly laws. However, in a victory in name only, the USFL was awarded a judgment of just $1, which under anti-trust laws, was tripled to $3. This court decision effectively ended the USFL’s existence. The league never played the 1986 season, and by the time it folded, it had lost over US$163 million. However, the USFL ceased operations before its fourth season was scheduled to begin.
Please check out the new state maps of both ABA and USFL with every team’s location within the USA.
The $1.5 billion facility is the new home venue for the Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, and is expected to open August 26, for the Falcons first preseason home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Falcons and its fan base desperately need something to help wash the bitter taste of defeat out of their mouths, after suffering what some consider the worst choke in Super Bowl history, when the dirty birds blew a 28-3 lead at halftime and lost 34-28 in overtime to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
What better way to cope with defeat other than moving into a new home? And a lovely home it is.
It feels like history is beginning to repeat itself a little in the world of NBA. For the third year in a row, we’re going to see the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Having been excellent and awesome finals in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, we are expecting this third of a wonderful series to be an epic conclusion to what has been an exhausting trilogy!
The 2014-15 Finals were some of the most exciting – and historic – in recent memory for NBA fans. Both teams faced up against each other in a thrilling set of contests and, for the first time in Finals history, the first two games went into overtime. This set the precedent for what was going to be some pretty high-level basketball to come.
The video called “Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association” is a funky documentary about the old funky ABA League. If you understand the whole purpose of why the ABA league officials created the ABA; which was to gain access into the NBA; you will understand what I mean by funky league. Innovative, colorful and just bizarre can best describe this league’s ten year existence. Take the journey back to see about the famous red, white and blue ball; the 3-point shot, Dr. J and the iceman. This video also spends sometime on the afro hair that was so prominent during this time. Here are some other interesting story lines that come out of the ABA history.
In 1975 the ABA gave the MVP of its All-Star Game in San Antonio a quarter horse named Tough Julie, as well as some cowboy accoutrements. Like most of the upstart league’s gestures, the gift combined a gleam of original thinking with a desperate attempt to wrest attention from the NBA. And like most of the league’s gestures, it backfired. First, the MVP, Indiana Pacers guard Freddie Lewis, could not keep the cowboy hat from slipping off his six-inch-high Afro at the postgame ceremony. Then it was discovered too late that the horse had not been inoculated. Tough Julie died three days after the game. Continue reading Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association→